The New Year is upon us, and for many people it brings fresh ambition to achieve new personal and professional goals. However, for some, the task of making changes in the New Year is an overwhelming challenge that may cause them to cringe at the sheer sound of the idea.
A lot of people set personal goals or resolutions such as losing weight, eating healthier, reducing debt or saving more money. But, it is important not to forget to also establish professional goals or resolutions that can help you further your career, improve your workplace environment and overall well-being.
Nexxt, a network of more than 15,000 online niche career communities polled its members to ask “What is the most important workplace goal you would like to achieve in 2008?” A 57 percent majority of respondents feel that 2008 is a year for maintaining a healthy work-life balance followed by furthering education (18%) staying organized (15%) and improving workplace relationships (10%).
This finding clearly showcases the growing demand by employees for increased work-life balance, and validates the recent trend by employers to offer innovative benefits that promote and foster a healthy balance and increase retention and overall employee satisfaction. More companies than ever are offering such benefits as: on site fitness facilities, flexible work weeks and telecommuting options, just to name a few.
To have the best chance of succeeding with workplace goals for the New Year, professionals should set resolutions that are achievable and have the ability to keep them motivated. Setting unrealistic expectations could result in losing motivation and giving up on a resolution altogether. Below are a few simple tips on how to achieve workplace goals in the New Year:
- Take Every Opportunity – Take advantage of work-life benefits offered by your employer; feel free to suggest ideas that will help you meet your goal while still being productive.
- Devise A Realistic Strategy - Although you may know what you want to do this year, chances are you don’t have the first clue how to achieve them. Create a detailed plan that will help you easily measure and reach your goals. Plan the work, and work the plan!
- Set the Bar Appropriately – A goal that looks intimating from the start will probably never be accomplished. Instead of planning to never work on vacation, set a resolution to limit time spent checking email messages to 15 minutes per day.
- Utilize The People Who Know You Best – Enlist friends and co-workers to encourage and support you in reaching a resolution.
- Make Daily Reminders – Jot down your daily successes and failures; use failures as suggestions for improvement. Place daily reminders in your computer calendar and receive daily notices of encouragement. Lastly, don’t be afraid to have others personally remind you.
While your workplace resolutions may seem overwhelming at first, the goal is to stay focused and continue to make progress. Before you know it, you will have achieved your goals!
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